Tissot T-Race MotoGP Automatic Limited Edition 2015

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This chronograph by Tissot is all about motor sports, and it even comes in a helmet-shaped box that includes a winder. It’s a limited edition of 3,333 pieces, and no doubt it will appeal to young motorcyclists who can relate to the bezel suggesting brake discs, the pushers like motorbike footrests, a tyre tread design on the inside of the strap, a rear suspension rod suggested by the strap’s attachment to the case, and a skeleton wheel shape visible through the transparent caseback. The case is in 316L stainless steel with black PVD coating, with water resistance rated at 10 bar, 100 metres depth. A diameter of just over 43 mm, total width of over 47 mm and a thickness of almost 16 mm make it a large watch, mounted on a plastic strap with folding clasp with push-button for opening and closing.

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Movement

The Tissot T-Race MotoGP Automatic Limited Edition 2015 has an automatic movement, the C01.211 by ETA, providing a power reserve of 45 hours. The movement has a plastic escapement, which may worry watch purists, even though it is not necessarily bad in itself because plastic can reduce friction, and in a watch like this it will in any case be accessible in case maintenance is needed. (Unlike the Swatch Sistem 51 where the escapement is in plastic, but inaccessible for repairs).

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Reference and price

This watch, reference T092.427.27.061.00, costs $1,395, €1,270. Considering the realm of mechanical watches, this is not expensive, but considering the characteristics of the movement, it’s not exactly cheap either…

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